14th Annual International Preservation Trades Workshop coming to Frankfort Oct. 21-23


FRANKFORT, KY – September 28, 2010 – (RealEstateRama) — For the first time, the only annual event in North America that brings together the foremost practitioners of traditional building trades in a single venue is coming to Kentucky.  The 14th Annual International Preservation Trades Workshop (IPTW), sponsored by the Preservation Trades Network (PTN), will take place Oct. 21-23 in downtown Frankfort.  The IPTW is dedicated to sharing skills, hands-on education and the preservation and conservation of the built environment.  The workshop is open to all.

Presenting partners are the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office, Frankfort/ Franklin County Tourist and Convention Commission, and the Frankfort Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites.  Taking place in conjunction with the workshop is the 2010 Kentucky State Historic Preservation Conference, co-sponsored by the Kentucky Heritage Council and Preservation Kentucky Inc.  Separate registration for the state conference is required; visit size=”2″>www.heritage.ky.gov for information.

The IPTW provides unique opportunities for preservation tradespeople, architects, preservation organization staff¬ members, historic property stewards, state and local government employees, homeowners and students to gain understanding of the preservation trades and create exchanges between professionals and the public through interactive demonstrations, educational sessions and one-on-one discussions. 

Topics will include roofing techniques, plaster repair and maintenance, repair of historic porches and exterior elements, proper masonry materials and repair, painting and paint removal, new regulations in lead paint abatement, restoration of historic lighting fixtures, blacksmithing, wood and steel window restoration, stained glass repair, dry laid stone construction, project documentation, understanding business tools including the web and social media, decision-making, and the benefits of hiring a certified restoration tradesperson. 

“This is a rare opportunity for anyone interested in preservation trades to learn first-hand about a variety of specialized skills all in one place,” said Patrick Kennedy, Heritage Council restoration project manager.  “The workshop will have more than 30 demonstrators from all parts of the country and beyond – including some of the most highly skilled craftspeople in their fields – and we hope the people of Frankfort and from around the state and region will take part.”

Early bird registration through Sept. 30 is $330 for non-PTN members (includes a one-year membership), $190 for students and seniors or $100 per day.  For more, visit www.iptn.org, or for a complete list of sessions and presenters, see http://www.iptw.org/iptw10_sessions.htm

Most activities will take place inside the Frankfort Convention Center, although some demonstrations – such as blacksmithing – will take place outside on the lawn and at the Old State Capitol, including a “Dutchman” repair workshop directed by Moss Rudley, staff exhibits specialist with the masonry division of the National Park Service Historic Preservation Training Center in Frederick, Md.  Rudley will demonstrate by replacing damaged materials on the Old Capitol building using Kentucky River limestone, a technique he has also utilized to perform repairs on the U.S. Capitol Building.

Two pre-conference workshops are also open to the publicGravestone Preservation will be offered Oct. 19-20 at historic Frankfort Cemetery with instructor Jonathan Appell, a gravestone conservator and monumental mason, who has performed cemetery preservation planning and conservation projects throughout the U.S.  Individuals may register to participate in one or both days of instruction in interactive conservation and repair techniques.  The cost is $60 for one day or $100 for both.

Historic Log Building Restoration will be offered Oct. 13-20 at Cove Spring Park and focus on the process of authentically restoring and reconstructing a circa 1825 log meat house, which was documented and deconstructed during the 2009 Preservation Rendezvous, a training event hosted by PTN last summer in Frankfort.  This session will again be led by Jim Houston, who has worked in the building trades for more than 30 years including 15 with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, and Rudy Christian, a founding member and immediate past president of the Timber Framers Guild, founding member of PTN and founding member of the Traditional Timberframe Research and Advisory Group.  Training will focus on hewing and log notching, materials preparation and repair techniques for damaged wall logs.  The cost is $395 for non-PTN members, $350 for members or $250 for students and seniors.

Register to attend both IPTW 2010 and the Historic Log Building Restoration workshop and receive a $100 discount.  Register by Sept. 30 and save even more with the early registration discount.

Paid registrants for both the IPTW and state historic preservation conference are invited to a free closing event at historic Buffalo Trace Distillery (www.buffalotrace.com) from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23.

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The Preservation Trades Network (PTN) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit membership organization founded to provide education, networking and outreach for the traditional building trades.  PTN was established on the principle that conservation of the built environment is fundamentally dependent on the work of skilled people in all of the traditional building trades who preserve, maintain and restore historic buildings, and build architectural heritage for the future.  Membership in PTN is open to all.  While many members are full-time, practicing tradespeople, PTN also includes architects, conservators, engineers, preservationists, homeowners, students and interested members of the general public.  www.iptn.org

An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office is responsible for the identification, protection and preservation of prehistoric resources and historic buildings, sites and cultural resources throughout the Commonwealth, in partnership with other state and federal agencies, local communities and interested citizens.  This mission is integral to making communities more livable and has a far-ranging impact on issues as diverse as economic development, jobs creation, affordable housing, tourism, community revitalization, environmental conservation and quality of life.  <www.heritage.ky.gov

Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120
diane.comer (at) ky (dot) gov


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